Didsbury Arts Festival

Didsbury Arts festival is a volunteer led multi arts festival celebrating creative culture in Didsbury, through working with local, national and international artists. 

We are a biennial festival. The next edition will take place from 24th June - 2nd July 2017. The festival theme will be Roots. If you would like to join the 2017 team, please get in touch.


Aesthetica Short Film Festival on Tour

The Woodstock, 139 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 2DY

Join us for an exciting showcase of some of the best short films released in the past year. Our showreel features highlights and award winners from Aesthetica Magazine’s annual, BAFTA-recognised short film festival which includes the best from the categories of animation, drama, comedy and documentary. 

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Aesthetica Short Film Festival on Tour Bafta recognised festival.

Running order


Lost Property

Director Asa Lancaster (12foot6films) UK 2014 6minutes 30 seconds

When you lose something dear to your heart, there is only one place it can be found. The Lost Property Office. The film looks into the idea of memory loss and the aging process.


But Milk is important A film by Anna Mantaris and Eric Gronmo Bjorsen. Produced at Volda University Norway 2012 run time 11 minutes 

This film deals with fear of contact with others, and shows a man with no social skills, who is unable to commit to others. An imaginary animal comes into his life to help him overcome his chronic shyness by posting birthday party invitations on the post boxes of his neighbours.


This Way Out

Directed by Staten Cousins-Roe UK 2013 runtime 17minutes

A very black comedy, played with a very straight face. The oddball owner of an assisted suicide centre and her hapless assistant have ten days to increase their client numbers or face closure by the strict Euthanasia Licensing Board.


The Ringer

Directed by Chris Shepherd UK/France 2013 runtime 17 minutes

After a lifetime apart a son finally meets his father. The son wants to know about his history, where he came from and how he came to be, but the father surprises him.

Billy the Kid

Director Sam Johnson (Creative England, BFI) UK 2015 runtime 15.30

15 year old Billy learns that fitting into a new school can be hard, particularly when you were bullied out of your last one for living your life as a heroic, lasso wielding cowboy.

The Mapmaker Directed by Stephen Johnson written by Scott James Bassett UK 2011 runtime 17.40 minutes.

A retired couple revisit a place where they were happiest when they were young. The wife Jenny Agutter is terminally ill and they have come here to look back on that life as this is where it will end.


Unravel Directed by Meghan Gupta UK 2012 Soul Rebel Films Runtime         13.35 minutes.

If you have ever wondered what happens to some of the clothes we put out for weekly collections, well this film will show you. They will travel thousands of miles by sea from all round the world to arrive at Kutch in Western India then by truck 719 miles to Panipat in Northern India where they will be recycled. Some 100000 tons of clothes make this journey annually.

 Zima Directed by Cristina Picchi (MiruMir Studio) Russia 2013 runtime 11m 27s

A portrait of a season. A journey through North Russia and Siberia, through the thoughts of people who have to cope with one of the world’s harshest climates.

Additional short film, not from the Aesthetica films on tour.

Scars you can’t see Written and directed by Honey Crespo UK 2011


Winner of the audience prize Manchester & Salford Film Society 2012

Best student factual film at the Royal Television Society Awards 2011


Best documentary at the British Film Institute’s Future Film Festival 2013

Best documentary of the year at Exposures National Film Festival 2012

Best Director at Exposures National Film Festival 2012

Honey Crespo will be at the screening of her film and will take part in discussion and Q&A’s

Visit http://www.asff.co.uk/ for the full line-up



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